Tuesday 27th April 2010, Chantilly. (www.jourdegalop.com) The €55,000 Prix Sigy (L-3yos-1,200m Straight) was won in impressive style by the English raider, Mister Manannan (Desert Style) for the father-son team of Dandy and Adrian Nicholls, who are no strangers to French success. The eventual winner was quickly away and took the lead early on in the race before producing an impressive turn of foot to accelerate away from his rivals. “He will come back to France to run at either Longchamp or here at Chantilly,” declared the winning trainer. “He is a very good horse and he picked up well when asked for an effort by his jockey.”
In winning this race Mister Manannan beat Yosolito (Keltos), who has not finished outside of the first two on his five runs in 2010, by two lengths. “He impressed me a lot today,” confided Luis Urbano-Grajales, his trainer.”But the ground was a bit hard for him. We will see how he comes out of this race.He is entered in two races at Ascot and he will most certainly make the trip, it’s just a question of choosing the distance, either 1,000m or 1,200m. Before that he could run in the Prix Saint-Georges (Gr3) at Longchamp but that is ground dependant.”
André Fabre had three representatives in this race and it was the Wertheimer brothers’ Top Music (Unbridled’s Song) who came home best of the three in third place. His stable companions Ufologue (Xaar) and Forum Magnum (Elusive Quality) finished fourth and fifth respectively.Top Music is a nephew of the champion sprinter Mozart (Danehill), whose wins include the July Cup (Gr1) and the Nunthorpe Stakes (Gr1).
Mister Manannan is a son of the very fast Desert Style (Green Desert), who was Group 1 placed and a Group 3 winner when trained by Jim Bolger. He now stands at Haras du Hoguenet in Calvados for the fee of €8,000 (live foal). Mister Manannan was bought for £30,000 at the St Leger Yearling Sales. He is a full brother of Shermeen (Desert Style), twice Gr3 placed over 1,000m and 1,600m in the USA. Their dam, Cover Girl (Common Grounds), is a Listed winner.
Servanne – Well deserved win for Bluster
After 11 attempts in Group 3 and Listed company, Bluster (Indian Rocket) finally won a black type race when successful in the €52,000 Prix Servanne (L-4yo+ -1,200m Straight). In the absence of the favourite, Inxile (Fayruz), who ran away with his jockey on the way down to the start, Robert Collet’s charge won with authority. “Fifty metres after I took the lead, Planet Five (Storm Cat), passed me and went half a length in front,” announced winning jockey Christophe Soumillon. “But my horse surprised me by responding to this attack and he fought back. He was gelded during the winter and has changed a lot. I was pleasantly surprised with his on his last start and he really wanted to win today.” Robert Collet will now aim his charge at even better company in the Prix de Saint-Georges (Gr3), on May 16th in Longchamp, where he will come up against 3 year olds.
Also a four year old, the second placed Planet Five is out of the champion Six Perfections (Celtic Celeb). His jockey, Christophe Lemaire, seemed disappointed with the performance after the race. “He only has a short burst of speed,” he confided, “and unfortunately for us Bluster made his move quite a way from the finish.” In the end it was only by a head that Six Perfections’ son failed to win his first Listed race.
Bred by Maxime Jarlan, Bluster is out of Tell Me Why (Distant Relative), a three time winner. She has bred two winners from six produce of racing age. She also has a 2 year old full sister to Bluster, named Feltzer, and a yearling full brother named Tarok.
Prairie – Full Steam to victory
One filly stood out from all the others in the €34,000 Prix de la Prairie (3yo Fillies-1,600m). Full Steam (Oasis Dream) had the race sewn up in a few strides like a true champion. She was tucked in in mid division by Maxime Guyon, before pulling out to make her move at the 400 metre mark. She then left all competition in her wake and went on to win by three lengths. This impressive winner, who was having only the second start of her career, is from the family Zamindar (Gone West) and Zafonic (Gone West), as her dam, Western Appeal (Gone West), is their full sister.
Second placed, Thai Haku(Oasis Dream), finished two and a half lengths in front of Chantilly Rock (Rock of Gibraltar). “Thai Haku was beaten by a very good filly. She is still a little immature and needs to learn,” announced Mikel Delzangles, her trainer who supplemented her for this race.
Bred by Juddmonte Farms, Full Steam is out of Western Appeal, as mentioned above. Western Appeal was Listed placed when in training with André Fabre. Full Steam is her third product and the second to be seen on the track. Calm (Montjeu), was second on his debut before winning as a three year old.
Bois Renard – Ramble On straight to the point
In the colts’ version, Ramble on (Tobougg) won the €34,000 Prix du Bois Renard (3yo Males-1,600m) with authority for his Italian trainer Giuseppe Botti. “In the mornings, he shows that he is a good horse,” confided Alessandro Botti, assistant and son of the top Italian trainer who has a base in Chantilly. “He has a lot of speed, which he showed as a 2 year old. Today he won over his true distance.” Well thought of by his connections, Ramble On had his first run in France in the Prix Herod (L) over 1,400m, at Longchamp.
After tracking the leader, Ocean Seven (Green Tune), made his move 200 metres from the line but had to be content with third place one and a half lengths behind Tulipano
(Johannesburg), who himself finished three quarters of a lengths behind the winner. Ocean Seven is the half brother of Goldikova (Anabaa), but does not appear to have the same quality as his sister.
Bred by the Haras de la Gisloterie, Ramble On is a son of Street Money (Mark of Esteem), who is a sister of Nombre Premier (Kendor), winner of the Prix des Chênes and the Palais-Royal (Gr3) and Gr2 placed. Now standing at stud, Nombre Premier is notably the sire of Vertigineux (Prix du Muguet, Gr2). Jenufa (Divine Light), a half sister to Ramble On, was bought as a yearling in December 2009 for €15,000 by Guy Petit. Ramble On himself passed through the sales ring of Arqana once in December 2008 when he was sold for €5,500 (click here for catalogue page).